Touch Reaction

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2001 - 4:10am
Melanie Dillard's picture
Joined: 12/04/2000 - 09:00

pJust wanted to share what happed to me yesterday at work regarding peanuts!/p
pYesterday morning, I was standing around with a few coworkers (at one of their desks) and talking about a project we are all working on when one of the ladies put both of hands on each side of my face. She was saying something really nice to me (I can't even remember what she said to me now) and all at once I smelled peanuts. I looked down at her desk and saw a bag of mixed nuts and immediately asked her if she was just eating nuts and we both freaked out at the same time. Everyone knows that I am allergic to peanuts and she just forgot. (She is a very sweet lady who is very touchy feely! Us southern women love to touch!ha)/p
pNow, I have never had a reaction to smell or touch that I know of, but after reading so many posts here about children breaking out after a kiss from their daddy who eat peanuts hours before - my mind went in a hundred different directions. So I immediately ran to the ladies room to wash my race and hands, one of my friends who is also an EMT followed me to the restroom. I proceeded to wash my face, hands, and even dusted off my shirt in case I had dust fibers on my shirt. [img][/img]/p
pI then went to my desk and drank some liquid Bendryl and waited with Epi-pen in hand./p
pNothing happened! No hives or redness. [img][/img] By this time the entire office was over at my desk wondering if they could do anything. It's times like this that you know that your coworkers/friends do care. My girlfriend that touch my face was so upset I think she was worst off then myself. I know she did not mean to do that, and now she refuses to bring any nuts products to work even though she sits on the other side of the office./p
pJust wanted to share my experience. So I don't know if this proves that I'm not touch sensitive or if I was just lucky yesterday! [img][/img] /p

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2001 - 5:30am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Melanie - you did all the right things, that's for sure. Good for you! I think washing your face right away was a great idea and probably saved the day.
It was my daughter who broke out in hives from Daddy's kiss, but we didn't know what was causing her hives for about 10 minutes, so we lost the opportunity to wash her face and nip the reaction in the bud.
I think everyone in your office should be commended for how seriously they take your allergy - kudos to them and lucky you to work with such a great bunch of people.
Hopefully you're not touch reactive, but I would assume the potential is there for almost all PA people. I'm sure no one would go smearing PB on themselves to find out, but allergy skin testing is done with extremely diluted peanut protein smeared onto the skin and then *just* nicked with a tiny scratch. The resulting hive is usually immense, so I would assume that any PA who had even a minor nick in the skin and touched anything peanut would react. Does that make sense?
Glad you're OK Melanie! [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2001 - 7:20am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We had a "touch reaction" 2 years ago. We ended up at the E.R. We had given Benadryl but the syptoms kept coming. The doctor on call said that our daughters daily dose of Claritan had helped the reaction not to be even worse. Our allergist said that our skin protects us from exposure but if there is direct contact into a mucous membrane (eyes, nose or mouth) by touch, that a more serious reaction can occur. That is what had happened. (We think she had rubbed her eye after getting a minute of oily residue on her fingers.)

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